1. He threw a perfect game.
2. Changing the ruling from a hit to an out would not change the outcome of the game.
3. Until they change the ruling from a hit to an out, the baseball record book will be factually inaccurate.
4. We should not treat the decisions of middle-management functionaries (umpires) as sacrosanct.
5. On mainstream sports talk radio no one appears to be in favor of doing this, which means that it is almost certainly the correct thing to do.
Mostly people are putting forth hypotheticals like:
a. What if the next guy hit a two run home run? Would you overturn the victory too?
b. What if he was awarded a perfect game based on a bad call? Would you take it away from him?
c. There's a slippery slope!
As to (a), the answer is yes. If a team is cheated out of a victory on a walk-off play I see no problem with overturning that loss. If I may posit a similar hypothetical, let's imagine that we are in sudden death overtime in an NFL game. Ryan Grant takes a hand-off from the one and breaks the plane of the goal line, however, the ref blows the call and as he is knocked back, he fumbles. Lance Briggs recovers and takes the ball all the way back for a TD.
They review the play and determine that Grant scored and the Packers are "awarded" a victory that the Bears "already had". Two questions.
i. How is this situation different?
ii. In this situation, why does it matter how much time goes by after the fact before you change the ruling? Both plays are "walk-off" events.
As to (b), yes. It may not be possible in this scenario to have the teams continue to play the game if enough time has gone by, due to logistical issues. That said, I have no problem with stripping someone of a perfect game that was not a perfect game.
As to (c), if the slippery slope is towards getting more calls right, I have no problem with it. I also think that this is a situation where it is simple to limit the slippery slope as this was a game-ending event.
Finally, I'm sick of hearing about what a nice guy Jim Joyce is or how respected he is. I don't care. That call was awful. It was an easy call. I would have more sympathy for a bang-bang play, a close play, or if his view was obstructed by something unusual. If you put me in his position, I will make this call right 100/100 times. It wasn't close. This was a monumental screw-up.
I realize it is unorthodox to change this kind of a call after the fact, but that is not a good reason not to do so. In my mind the kid threw a perfect game whether or not baseball says he did. They should make it official.
And they should use more replay.
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